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Megara is located in the northern part of the Saronic Gulf of the Aegean Sea. Pachi beach (also known as Varea beach) is situated at a distance of some 42 km western to the center of Athens and it lies in the northern section of the Isthmus of Corinth, opposite Salamina Island.
The name of the beach (Varea = Heavy) came from the sound of the waves, which in the old days were sounded loud in Megara City and the locals said it "beats heavy".
Varea is located in the westernmost part of Attica, near Pachi and close to Megara Town (2 Km), a bay of the Saronic Gulf. Pachi is 24 km west of Elefsina, 43 km west of Athens and 45 km east of Corinthos.
Arrival by Airplane: The new airport of Athens “Eleftherios Venizelos”, one of the best airports in Europe, (IATA: ATH, ICAO: LGAV) is located in Spata Town and serves flights to Greece daily from several international airlines from all over the world. You can take a charter flight, so you can carry your windsurf equipment with you as well.
The metro and the Proastiakos-Suburban railway, as well as taxis and buses to and from Athens are to be found opposite the main exit of the airport. The distance is 44 km. The bus journey takes between 35 and 45 minutes to the city centre at Syntagma (Parliament) Square (of course depending on the time and traffic), therefore the best way is to take the “Athens metro” that connects the airport with Athens and Piraeus. There are car hire agencies at the airport, in case you want to rent a vehicle.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: If you are coming from the European continent and you prefer to take the ferry from an Italian Port, you need to head towards Italy and the Italian ports of Ancona, Venice Bari or Brindisi. Those ports have daily connections to Corfu, Igoumenitsa and Patras. If you are coming from Aegean Sea (from a Greek Island, Turkey or Cyprus) you will reach one of the Attica’s Ports in Piraeus, Rafina or Lavrio Town.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: If you’re coming by Ferry from an Italian port, Patra is about 172 km away from Varea and Igoumenitsa is about 407 km. There are some good highways a like the Corinth-Athens and the Athens-Larissa, Corinth-Tripoli and the Egnatia highway.
Vagia is just a few minutes away from the center of Athens through Olympia Odos to Corinth. From the MEGARA - PACHI exit of the highway leading to Corinth, turn left and then follow a straight road to Pachi. At a distance of 1 km, turn right again to Varea.
Also the beach is 44 km away from Piraeus, 70 km from Rafina and 98 km from Lavrio. If you come from Thessaloniki -Greece's second largest city- the distance is about 532 km.
Arrival by Bus: Access to the beach is easy by the intercity public buses that are running regularly.
Arrival by Metro/Train: Train travel is not so much in fashion anymore due to the complexity of the journey through the Balkans. Rail services link Thessaloniki with, Athens, Thrace and Patra. The line through what was once Yugoslavia provides connections with Central and Western Europe. The line through Bulgaria connects to Eastern Europe and the line through Istanbul, Turkey with the countries of the Near East.
If you’re already in Attica, the access to Varea of Megara Town is easy even with the suburban railway, where the stop is just 10 minutes away. Then you can take a taxi. From the main square of the city the route is about 8 minutes.